Research and Consulting

As a former City Council Fellow, Meghan O’Connor (Fels ’16) has a strong grasp of the complex policy issues facing the City of Brotherly Love. But this past summer, she wanted to deepen that expertise with an experience in policy work at the federal level. “I found out we had a Fels alum working at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, so I worked with Fels career advising to reach out...
When Pennsylvania’s leading health care coverage coalition met in Harrisburg last week to explore the post-ACA landscape, they could count one passionate and dedicated Felsian among their ranks. Jen Gable (Fels ’16) attended the Pennsylvania Health Access Network’s (PHAN) annual conference and quickly found herself at ‘ground zero’ for public health thought-leadership.  “In addition to...
By Kathryn McCarthy, MPA '15, Associate Consultant  In line with the need for the President to bring the nation up to speed on the State of the Union, it is important to bring attention to the current projects and new developments of the Fels Consulting team. While the State of the Union might garner somewhat more press coverage than a blog post on the State of Fels Consulting, the latter...
By Alan Sable MPA '14, Associate Consultant Philadelphia City Council is poised to pass an historic land bank bill that supporters tout as a long awaited solution to Philadelphia’s vacant land epidemic. Land banks are “entities that can hold and manage vacant, abandoned and foreclosed properties, making it faster, easier and cheaper for prospective new owners to purchase these properties and get...
By Morgan Jones '15, Associate Consultant Fels has begun consulting with the Free Library of Philadelphia to create a strategic plan for transforming local libraries in high-unemployment, high-poverty neighborhoods into resource centers for job seekers, many of whom are challenged by digital and traditional literacy deficits. The effort will employ a Collective Impact model. First presented by...
Governing Magazine recently published an article by Fels associate consultant Alan Sable on their website titled, "Are Philadelphia's Taxes Really So Unfriendly to Business?" You can read the complete article here.
By Susit Dhakal, Associate Consultant In September, I completed my first year as an Associate Consultant at Fels Consulting.  As I reflect on my time so far, the following comes to mind: Practice My first year classes at Fels exposed me to the following areas:•    Quantitative Data Analysis (Performance Management class)•    Public-Private Partnerships (Public...
Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images  By Eric Rabe, Fels Senior Advisor So it ends for now. The government shutdown is over.   It turned out as many Americans expected. Default on federal debt did not materialize. The health care law remains unchanged. Politics as usual in Washington. Over more than two weeks of the shutdown, the message from Democrats and the President that...
An editorial in the Philadelphia Daily News and an article in the Philadelphia Inquirer both cited research by Fels Senior Consultant Dr. Kevin Gillen on the value of Philadelphia's ten-year real estate tax abatement. You can read the Daily New editorial here. You can read the Philadelphia Inquirer article here. To learn more about Dr.  Kevin Gillen, please click here.
WHYY interviewed Fels Senior Consultant Dr. Kevin Gillen about Philadelphia City Council President Darrell Clarke's plan to sell now shuttered school buildings. You can read the transcript and listen to the interview here. To learn more about Dr.  Kevin Gillen, please click here.
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